A brilliant book, a light summer read that follows andy's story from where we left off. Struggled to put this one down and read it in a matter of hour...moreA brilliant book, a light summer read that follows andy's story from where we left off. Struggled to put this one down and read it in a matter of hours. Great for anyone looking for a bit of light relief(less)
This book was brilliant. I have seen the adverts for the film over the last few weeks and felt that I had to read the book before I went to see the fi...moreThis book was brilliant. I have seen the adverts for the film over the last few weeks and felt that I had to read the book before I went to see the film. Having read the book, I don't think I can now go and watch the film without the story being spoiled.
Charlie is adorable and a very typical teenager. Although I am not familiar with the American high school setting having attended british schools, this lack of understanding did not detract from the enjoyment of the story.
I think from the film adverts I expected something different from the book, but the characters all had personalities even those with minor roles, and not being too many years from high school, I found myself transported back to those days where I was the Charlie character, on the outer edge, with closer friends in the more senior year than my own.
I don't often read books written in the style of letters, We need to talk about Kevin is one of the other ones I understand is in this format, and it took me a little while to get used to this style, until I thought about it as like having a conversation in my head. This book was very much thoughts down on paper and once I got used to this style, I found this very enjoyable.
This book was brilliantly moving and a fast paced journey through a life of change and identity ending on a poignant note "...Where an outstretched ha...moreThis book was brilliantly moving and a fast paced journey through a life of change and identity ending on a poignant note "...Where an outstretched hand is no longer a gesture but a moment of love, lasting until sleep, until waking, until everyday life"(less)
I really enjoyed this book. It is a fantastical story with the elements of suspense, surprise and romance thrown in for good measure. To begin with th...moreI really enjoyed this book. It is a fantastical story with the elements of suspense, surprise and romance thrown in for good measure. To begin with this reminded me a little of Susannah Clarke's Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell, but this became much more of a fantastical tale. I really enjoyed the twists and turns in the story between Diana and Matthew.(less)
This year I have set myself the target of reading the Orange Prize for Fiction Longlist. I've started with the shortlist because I want to try and get...moreThis year I have set myself the target of reading the Orange Prize for Fiction Longlist. I've started with the shortlist because I want to try and get that all read before the winner is announced on May 30th. I'll be honest, this probably wouldnt have been a book that I would have picked up had it not been on the Orange Prize but I absolutely loved this book. Described as a retelling of 'The Illiad' which I haven't read, but this tells the story of two princes, one perfect and one in exile.
The start of the book sets the tone for the path of one of the characters: "My father was a king and the son of kings....Quickly I became a disappointment"
This is a story of disappointment, of love, of war and of fate. I'm finding it hard to write a review that will not set or skew your expectations, because this book has to be enjoyed for what it is. I have recommended this to everyone I've seen this week. Take some time to follow the story of Achilles and Patroclus - It is a book that can't be put down!(less)
This book was incredible. Unfortunately my kindle had a fault 19% from the end of the book and I ended up having to borrow my other halfs just so I co...moreThis book was incredible. Unfortunately my kindle had a fault 19% from the end of the book and I ended up having to borrow my other halfs just so I could get to the end of this. There are few words that would do justice to this book as a review. It was gripping from the start, taking the family from a seemingly perfect and harmonious setting, to somewhere that is so unfamiliar that all they wish to do is go back. But as the story progresses, things settle down and Blessing, at least, finds herself in a situation doing something that she enjoys. It's not all flowers and happy endings in the story. The family have their share of tragedy, which as a reader keeps you gripped to see what is going to happen and how it is going to turn out. This is a must read for everyone and well deserving of the Costa First Novel award 2011.(less)
This book was gripping from the word go. A freebie on kindle a few weeks ago I thought this might just be another book following the theme of the popu...moreThis book was gripping from the word go. A freebie on kindle a few weeks ago I thought this might just be another book following the theme of the popular 'the help' out as both a book and a movie. What I didn't expect was to be dragged into the story until I couldn't help but keep turning the pages until the end.
I don't know much about 1800's American history, it was never something I really studied at school, but I don't doubt for one minute that this book was well researched and true to how it was then. Following the story of Elizabeth (Lisbeth) and her nurse Mattie you see the issues that they have to contend with through two sets of eyes and you see a young woman grow up and gain an understanding from the disappointments that she felt in her childhood where she felt abandoned by her nurse who was only trying to protect her family. In this book we see the childhood naivety turn to horror to something that must be taken a stand, no matter how small, against.
This book was cleverly written and descriptive enough of the surroundings that you felt like you were experiencing the emotional rollercoaster along with the characters. The yellow crocus adds a recognisable feature to the story that is set over 150 years ago and is something that will give reminders and likes to the story when these are seen over the coming springs. (less)
This book remains one of the best books I have ever read. My sixth form English literature teacher at school said that you had to give every book you...moreThis book remains one of the best books I have ever read. My sixth form English literature teacher at school said that you had to give every book you read 50 pages before you could decide if it was going to be good or if it was a book you could put aside and not read. Being the way I am I'm not really like that with books, I tend to keep going regardless. But I always remember him saying that just before I read this book for the first time for my world war one literature course during the second year of a-levels. Then, like now, I found the comment strange because this is a book that grips you visually and emotionally from the outset.
I decided that now was the time to re-read it coming up to 7 years after reading it the first time because I had seen that bbc1 were going to be doing a 2 part dramatisation of it. I thought that it was something I would enjoy watching more if I reminded myself of the story and what it was all about. As I discovered watching the first part of the dramatisation last week the tv show and the book are very different in the layout.
If you like books with gripping visuals and descriptive language then you will enjoy this one. It is sad and in some places gory, but it's a gripping book that you don't want to end. I'd recommend it to anyone who likes historical fiction, stories about the war, or books were it feels like you are living through the main character. I've come home every night wanting to spend hours reading this book but I've been too tired to do so. Definitely one to make sure you've got some time to dedicate to because it's hard to put down.(less)
This book was brilliant. I picked it up in the uk kindle sale over Christmas because I had an amazon voucher and it was 99p. I was drawn to it by the...moreThis book was brilliant. I picked it up in the uk kindle sale over Christmas because I had an amazon voucher and it was 99p. I was drawn to it by the cool looking cover, but I didn't really know what the story was going to be about. I've since learned that this is a whole series of books and it will take some will power not to go and buy the next book in the series now.
Skullduggery pleasant is probably one of the coolest names for a character I've come across and this character really makes the book. It's a cleverly layered story with the primary plot centring on Stephanie but there are other levels to the story and a number of different agendas within this. It's the kind of book that you can read as much into as you want or you can stick to the basic plot which is still a fantastic story.
As children's / young adult books go this is probably one of the best I've read since the hunger games trilogy. Whilst it is a fantasy there's something that makes the book feel like its real which can only be down to the skill of the author. At 400 pages it's a quick and easy read and the language is simple enough to grip you all the way through the story and leave you wanting more at the end. The book has also been cleverly written in a way that makes a sequel an obvious choice. What's to come next is dangled in front of you by a thread with no spoilers of what's to come and from the way this book was I expect it will be unpredictable and full of twists and turns.
This is the first Neil Gaiman book I have read and it was really good. I enjoyed the fact that the writing style was quite light and easy to read. It'...moreThis is the first Neil Gaiman book I have read and it was really good. I enjoyed the fact that the writing style was quite light and easy to read. It's a very different story to anything else I have ever read and ordinarily I would think it a little creepy for a child to be living in a graveyard, but the way the story was told really made this concept work. I found it a little slow paced in the beginning as the characters and the scenes were set up, but after that it progressed at a nice pace leaving me wanting to keep turning the pages until I got to the end of the story.
The end of the book was scary, happy and then sad, and the book really took you with it on this emotional journey. I think there is something in this book for everyone, whether a young adult or an adult reader. Ultimately it is a story about life, growing up, and consequences for your actions. I felt like I really connected with the characters on this journey, and is definitely a book I would recommend and re-read.(less)
I listened to this as an audio book on my way home last night and my way to work this morning. I've seen the film version but the audio version is jus...moreI listened to this as an audio book on my way home last night and my way to work this morning. I've seen the film version but the audio version is just as entertaining and I found myself laughing out loud as I listened. It's a very good play, controversial in parts, but well worth a read if you get a chance.(less)